May 2017 issue

Graduates celebrate in Papua New Guinea

Researchers find age of South Africa’s ‘young’ hominid fossil

‘Not all chemists wear white coats’: Dr Ellen Moon selected for Homeward Bound

Geochemist Dr Ellen Moon, a Southern Cross University early career researcher, has been selected for Homeward Bound, a 12-month international leadership initiative for women in STEMM. Homeward Bound aims to promote women with a science background into positions of leadership affecting policy around the sustainability of our planet. The virtual and on-ground program develops leadership, […]

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Why does the Carmichael coal mine need to use so much water?

Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management. CSIRO, CC BY Dr Ellen Moon is a Research Associate in Southern Cross GeoScience. In this article from The Conversation, Dr Moon explains the coal mining industry’s use of water for everything from equipment cooling to dust […]

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Celebrating the role of midwives

The role of midwives was celebrated around the world earlier this month, with Southern Cross University joining the party in Coffs Harbour and at the Gold Coast. International Day of the Midwife (IDM) was celebrated on May 5, with this year’s theme ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!’. To celebrate the day Coffs Harbour Health […]

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Symposium honours first Aboriginal RN to train at Lismore hospital

Ena Williams broke new ground in the 1940s in Lismore as the first Aboriginal trainee nurse at the city’s hospital. Later in her career, Ena was the senior nurse at the Maningrida Clinic in what was then the largest Aboriginal remote community in the Northern Territory, and in 1974 was part of the Cyclone Tracy […]

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A Bright Future for student in mentoring program

Southern Cross University student Brendan Swan has for some time dreamt of becoming a politician, and recently he had the chance to rub shoulders with the State’s leaders at Parliament House in Sydney. The second-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) student, who founded and is the President of the Southern Cross University Law Association, connected with […]

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From serving in Afghanistan to surfing the Gold Coast

Army veteran Matthew Hoare served almost five years with the 8/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment at Enoggera and was deployed to Afghanistan and East Timor. The 28-year-old from Elanora has since returned and started a family and is following his passion for helping soldiers rehabilitate, by studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at […]

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Flood recovery inspires students to put their skills to good use

When Kym McMillan, a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Social Welfare student, was surrounded by flood water during the recent Murwillumbah deluge, she felt helpless as the media reported the events unfolding in her community. As floodwater prevented Kym from leaving home for three days, she and a friend started the ‘Flood Clean Up 2484’ […]

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Terrifying self-defence strategy in a Sea Urchin discovered

When under attack, the collector sea urchin has the ability to release hundreds of miniature independent ‘jaws with teeth’ that can latch on to predators and release venom. The discovery from Southern Cross University marine biologist and PhD candidate Hannah Sheppard-Brennand and her research team, shows sea urchins defend themselves by counter-attacking with the ‘pedicellariae’ […]

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Country’s first cohort completes the Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing

Southern Cross University was the first in Australia to offer a Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing, with the first cohort of internationally qualified registered nurses now graduated from the 12-week course. The first intake at the Gold Coast campus in November coincided with the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026 (Strategy). […]

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Postcard to home: Min Liu

Accounting graduand Min Liu has gone from winning multiple academic scholarships during her undergraduate degree in China, to being named Southern Cross University’s best postgraduate accounting student studying in Australia for 2016. She received the award as the graduating Master of Professional Accounting onshore student with the highest grade point average. The award was given […]

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Meet the staff: Heidi Zimmer

What is your job at Southern Cross University? I work as a casual academic in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering in Lismore, with Associate Professor Doland Nichols on a new project in northwestern Vietnam on forest restoration. Soil erosion is an important problem in those mountainous areas in Vietnam and Southern Cross University […]

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